Copy Right Registration
Copyright is the legal right creators are entitled to for their literary, dramatics, music, and artistic work. Producers of films and recordings enjoy this right too. When a proprietor registers for a copyright, it gives them an exclusive right to reproduce, replicate, and distribute the work. Further, they can grant authority to some other entity for the same purpose.
Registering for copyright is important because it makes you the legal owner of the rights over the work. You then have control over communicating it to the public, reproducing rights, any adaptations or translations of the works.
Scope of Copyright Protection
The Copyright Act of 1957 prevents the unauthorized use of any original literary, musical, dramatic, audio, cinematographic, and other artistic work. Both published and unpublished works can be copyrighted, and the original work’s copyright is reserved for the original creator. Copyright can also be registered for works that were published before 21 January 1958, that is before the Copyright Act came into existence.
Copyright protection of original literary, musical, dramatic, and artistic works lasts for the entire lifetime of the author and another 60 years from the year following the death of the author. For cinematograph films, sound recordings, photographs, posthumous publications, anonymous and pseudonymous publications, works of government, and works of international organizations, the 60 years is counted from the date of publication.
To register for copyright you need to give us the following details and documents.
- Name, address, and nationality of the applicant
- Name, address, and nationality of the author of the work
- Nature of the applicant’s interest in the copyright – whether the applicant is the author of the work or the representative of the author
- Copies of the original work
- ID proof of the owner and incorporation certificate if it is for business
Nature of the work:
- Class & description of the work
- Title of the work
- Language of the work
- Date of publication – publication in internal magazines, like a company magazine or a research paper submitted to a professor does not count as publication.
- Three copies of your work
- Authorization letter (we will send you)